Most people unaware they have coronavirus, says Prof Abayomi

Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said persons infected with COVID-19 but asymptomatic can cause rapid community transmission of the disease.

The commissioner who observed that Lagos has reached a stage of a community transmission said this on Saturday during a chat on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

According to him, “We’ve moved from the imported stage to the community transmission stage and the virus is now jumping around and it is a highly contagious virus; it spreads very easily.

“The difference between flu and coronavirus is that if you catch the flu, you will know you have flu. You’ll be terribly unwell, there will be no doubt that you are sick.

“Most people don’t actually know they have coronavirus. About sixty to seventy percent of people have a very mild illness it might just feel as if you had a rough day but you’re secreting the virus and therefore you’re transmitting it.

“And therefore, a moderate proportion of people have symptoms and a smaller proportion will have a severe and critical illness. You could have coronavirus and be jogging. That’s mild it could be.”

He added the state is aware of the difference in the social segments of Lagosians and is working on policies suitable for different strata and parts of the society.

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